Follow up speech given on May 4, 2015 to Gaithersburg City Hall. This is the tenth time asking for a lift of the rooster ban. Asked for a permit to own roosters. This way we can test the waters before changing our ordinances. One of the Council Members broke radio silence and responded. My name is Aaron Rosenzweig. I live on 1 Thorburn Road. You now have all the facts. In light of everything, I request a permit to own non-crowing roosters. How could I be expected to know that the ordinances handed to me on pink parchment by Lisa Holland were from 2010 when we allowed roosters? I only began to connect the dots when Cathy Drzyzgula sent me an email saying that roosters were banned. Perhaps Lynn can advise you, this falls under “promissory estoppel.” It’s not that I was ignorant of the laws, it’s that I was misled by city officials. It just goes to show that staff never refer to the city ordinances, they travel around with outdated versions in their vehicles and simply never read them. Seeing as how you believe we have two roosters, yet there is no issue of noise pollution, why don’t you grant us this permit? You told us you would kill our birds if we did not erect a privacy fence. Even while we were in the middle of erecting this fence, you still came to harass us. When I say “you” I mean city officials, not you personally. Our ordinances don’t even require us to build a fence, I simply tried to meet you halfway. You angered many citizens when the great wall of Thorburn was erected because they considered our birds to be community pets. You have upset an entire community for the whims of a few. I understand that when a phone call is placed, staff needs to respond. Problem is, they don’t respond rationally, they don’t play it by the book. They simply listen to the angry voices and do whatever they say, even if it is against the law. At some point, responsible staff should respond to the phone calls by standing and taking an hour or more of the caller’s time, not mine. I never did anything wrong. My family has always been responsible. Section 4-102 Temporary permits. The city manager may issue a temporary permit for the keeping, care and protection of a prohibited animal where it is determined that such actions are necessary to the animal’s welfare. I hope you grant us this permit. ====================== Aaron's response to Council Member Ryan Spiegel's comments: I appreciate Ryan speaking his mind. I prefer that over radio silence. Ryan was key in establishing the rooster ban in 2010. I’m sure he did not foresee that this ban would be used to destroy birds without a legitimate reason. For 6 months I’ve been trying to negotiate a reasonable outcome. I don’t want to be a law breaker, especially when the law is unjust. Before 2010, only crowing roosters were outlawed, that is the way it should be. I apologize for hurting Ryan’s feelings, it was not intentional. Please consider the following: During the Holocaust, people were treated like animals. Pause and think about what that means. An egg laying hen, “certified humane” (the best you can buy at the store), lives for 2 - 3 years in darkness. When her egg production is done, her body is so wasted that it is of no use. She is thrown into barrels and gassed to death then thrown in a pit. For a family that narrowly escaped the horrors of WWII but also loves chickens, it’s only natural to draw a parallel when we remember the 6 million who fell and those who still suffer. There are entire books that make the same correlation. "Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust" - nominated for the Pulitzer prize http://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Trebl...p/1930051999/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8 "The Holocaust & the Henmaid's Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities” http://www.amazon.com/The-Holocaust-Henmaids-Tale-Atrocities/dp/1590560914 Martin Luther King went to jail for disobeying unjust laws. When asked how he can pick and choose which laws to obey, his answer was simple. Unjust laws are the ones that apply to some but not to others. Dogs bark as loud as roosters yet they aren’t banned. Why is that? Why do only dogs get to enjoy the glow of sunlight?